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post #1 of 17 Old 04-11-2019, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Recommended maintenance after a long storage period

I picked up a 17 Wee last summer and the next night I got a call informing me that I had won an all expenses paid trip to exotic Kabul Afghanistan. What would y’all recommend I need check, lube, replace, etc. when I get back? It will have parked for about ~10 months by the time I get home.


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Battery will very likely need charged, other than tire pressure and lubing/checking chain there isn't much else. I hope you had a full tank of gas, otherwise there is a remote chance you could have some rust in there all depending on where/how the bike was stored/parked? Might not hurt to throw in some Techron fuel treatment as well, as MOST of us here don't believe it to be complete snake oil.


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Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately a couple months premature on the welcome home but I am getting close enough to start counting days vs. months.


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Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately a couple months premature on the welcome home but I am getting close enough to start counting days vs. months.


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Stay safe soldier, are you Airborne by chance "chrisjumps"? My son was in Kabul for a stint, he's out now but was 10th mountain infantryman out of Fort Polk.
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Was but I haven’t jumped in years. I guess I should change to chrisjumped or chrisdesks for truth in advertising.


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OOh, ooh, I was at Ft Polk for Tiger Land training in '67 but ended up a truck driver in Germany. FUBAR!
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Back to your bike. Was it new last year or what mileage?

Unless you prepared it for storage with full tank and fuel stabilizer I would not try to start it, not even turn on the ignition without checking the tank. If there is any chance there is rust I would drain/ siphon out as much fuel as possible, remove the tank, then the fuel pump and inspect. Depending on what you find then decide if all is well and clean the pump strainer filter and put all back together or if not well report back for more suggestions. By not running the pump you will prevent it form a lot of muck being sucked into the pump and possibly plugging up the pump high pressure filter.

With the tank off do all the maintenance items that may be due or at least check the plugs, air filter … Note: Sometimes critters like to make their home in the filter.

Valve check due by any chance? You are halfway there already.
Is the coolant due, goes hand in hand with the valve check because the front cylinder is best accessed with the radiator removed.

Other than that I would check common sense items and ride it. You will see if there is anything else amiss.

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I would replace all the gas and engine oil prior to starting it up for the 1st time. Both can cause issues after sitting for a long time.

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Premium, high octane gas, filled right to the top, preferably no ethanol, add double dose of stabil and I put a dose of MMO (Marvel Mystery Oil) to fight corrosion and because it's a mild cleaner. Run it for a minute to get the treated gas run through.

Lube chain and shift points, change oil (depending on how much mileage is on the current fill) put a battery tender on her, and she'll be fine for when you get back.

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10 months is not long term.

Air up the tires and check charge/replace the battery and ride on.
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